Volume 88 Issue 35 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 25, 2010

Oysters Use Chemistry To Stick Together

ACS Meeting News: Distinctive adhesive is helping scientists understand marine biology and providing a model for synthetic mimics
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: biomimetics, oysters, adhesive

Scientists studying the mineralized adhesive oysters use to tenaciously fuse together into clusters have determined that the material is chemically distinctive from that of other marine creatures, such as mussels and barnacles. The discovery, reported yesterday at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston, has inspired the research team to prepare synthetic mimics that could be used to replace surgical sutures or as marine antifouling coatings. The research is also contributing to efforts to . . .

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